August 22, 2011
Dear Mr. O’Donnell,
We are writing you to give you the information you’ll need to access KTIV’s Alert 4 School closing system with the most advanced technology available today. Alert 4 features are designed to give you maximum flexibility while using as little of your time as necessary, and this service is free of charge. Alert 4 is optimized for speed, accuracy and security.
In addition, free mobile alerts are available for your Alert 4 announcements. People who sign up can receive a text message on their cell phones alerting them to your school announcements. This can be especially important during weather that might cause power outages. This is a free service; although the user’s standard message and data rates will apply.
To begin using our service, people must first sign up at www.ktiv.com/alerts. This requires a person to fill out brief form and provide their cell phone number. If anyone has questions about our service, you may direct them to a new mobile page we’ve built that answers frequently asked questions about mobile devices and services we provide. That page can be accessed by visiting KTIV.com, and clicking on the mobile tab on our site’s navigation bar.
Alert 4 allows you to enter your information, which immediately goes on-air and on-line, and sends a text message. But, if you use the “Snowcap” system, your late-start or early-out information may not be getting to us at KTIV in a timely manner since that information must be manually entered. By choosing KTIV for your announcements, you will reach the largest audience possible.
We appreciate and encourage you to use our Alert 4 System. Let your parents, teachers, staff and students know that they can access the information several ways. They can watch KTIV News 4, go on-line to www.ktiv.com/closings and or sign up to receive alerts on their mobile device.
All of the information you need to begin using the new system is provided in this letter. If the options provided don’t cover what you need to communicate, you can still call in your closings. The direct number to the KTIV newsroom is (712)-239-4100 ext.245. We take great pride in providing this information as a public service to the community, and look forward to working with you.